Rising fives may lose out

3rd January 1997 at 00:00
Dumfries and Galloway is to consider a proposal to scrap its early entry scheme for primary children under the age of five. A report notes that a national review of entry arrangements promised in 1991 has not yet been carried out following an admission by the Scottish Office that the law on placing requests affecting children under normal school age is uncertain.

Fraser Sanderson, head of primary and pre-school services, says that the council normally receives about 30 requests a year, of which three-quarters are granted. Expansion of nursery education has obviated the need for early entry, Mr Sanderson says.

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